German surfer Daniela Mischon became an air hostess so that she could surf more.
I’m a flight attendant working with Lufthansa and the biggest passion in my life is surfing. Surfing is freedom to me. I’m in love with the waves and when I’m surfing nothing else matters except myself and the ocean. After college I went to university and ended up with a degree and a job in Event Management. It was a good a job but didn’t bring me the joy I crave in my life.
One day I found out Lufthansa was looking for flight attendants and took a chance. That was more than two and half years ago, and I’ve been working for them ever since. For me, working as a flight attendant means being able to be closer to the waves. Instead of being away from home, it means being closer to home – because my home is where the waves are. I usually don’t travel with a suitcase; I travel with a board bag.
Being a flight attendant usually means being exhausted and jet-lagged. But I love it because my job gives me back so much freedom. I’m allowed to go surfing during my layovers. For example, I took my surfboard with me to New York City, then took the subway to the beach and went surfing for a couple of hours before flying home. I also get a lot more of my own time than in most jobs, so I’m able to go on a private surf trip almost every month. I have already surfed in Bali, the Maldives, Portugal, the Philippines, Spain, Panama, NYC and California – and there are still so many more places on my list.
I travel the world as a surfing flight attendant and as a flying surfer girl. But I also travel the world as a girl who loves her life and who is living a dream.